The Asturian team, composed by Jose Pedro Bayón and Pedro Rodríguez, won the Pyrenees Stage Run second edition. They had already crossed the final line three times in first position, and today they did it again. In a rainy day from Espot (Pallars Sobirà), and despite the cold in the highest parts of the track, they reached the finish line in Salardú (Vall d’Aran) after 32km in 3:52:02. At the arrival, they didn’t hide their satisfaction: “We are very satisfied with the PSR. It has it all: an amazing track and landscape, and the organization is great, we had never felt so supported. The format in stages and teams is very attractive. I would recommend this race to everybody doubtlessly”.
After them, the Catalan team Hankersports BiFree arrived, who were struggling for the victory until the end and got the second position. Their faces showed the satisfaction for having succeeded in a challenge like the PSR. The global third position was for the Austrian team ATSV Nurmi Ternitz, who slowed down from the third stage and enjoyed the rest of the stages.
In the women section, the Swedish team Salomon Swedenskimogirls was the only one for this category, they really enjoyed the Pyrenees. We hope to have more female teams in the future editions of the PSR!
This is how the PSR new edition ends. A second edition that has duplicated the teams participating, and which keeps on trying to offer a quality product above all, where all the runners feel like at home and really enjoy, as we do, the breathtaking landscapes that our Pyrenees hide.
Long life the PSR!
Stage 7 Podium
- Huevos León Asturias (3:52:02)
- Hankersports/BiFree (4:13:13)
- Salomon Swedenskimogirls (4:20:53)
Final Podium PSR2017
- Huevos León Asturias (33:55:26)
- Hankersports/BiFree (34:35:16)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (36:22:19)
Pictures ®Jordi Santacana
The sixth stage is the penultimate of the PSR (34.2km and 2,530m D+), from Tavascan to Espot, it goes across the Cardós and Àneu valleys, with a vertical kilometre and an ascent to the Serra Plana. The track went through picturesque villages like: Lleret, Estaon and Dorve, an abandoned mountain village, one of those places where it seems that the time has stopped. At the finish line in Espot, we entered the Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici National Park.
Huevos León Asturias worked hard for the victory, and won on the day of their autonomous region: “We have regulated our strength during the track, keeping the distance with Hankersports, who worked hard too. We dedicate this victory to all the Asturian people”. Another victory for the Asturian team, before the deciding stage, a tight final, with a difference of at least eighteen minutes between the Asturian and the Catalan team.
The last stage of this edition, between Espot and Salardú, has been modified as a security measure due to the weather forecast for tomorrow. The track until the hard ascent to the Coll de Fogueruix hasn’t been modified, but from there, instead of going across the Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici National Park, the track will descend until the Gerdar refuge across the Plan d’Estaro and the Cabanes valley. A beautiful way among trees and surrounded by amazing waterfalls will lead the runners to the Port de la Bonaigua and, through the Ruda valley, they will get to the finish line in Salardú, after 33km and 1,700m +D.
Stage 6 Podium
- Huevos León Asturias (4:51:09)
- Hankersports/BiFree (5:03:52)
- Trail Bonus Track (5:12:00)
General Podium (after stage 6)
- Huevos León Asturias (30:05:25)
- Hankersports/BiFree (30:21:53)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (31:52:32)
Gallery @Jordi Santacana
The PSR fifth stage shows the Comunal Valls dels Comapedrosa and the Vall Ferrera National Park’s beauty
Today, the stage between Arinsal and Tavascan (41.5km 2,720m d+) showed us great views. The teams started the track ascending the Parc Natural Comunal de les Valls del Comapedrosa, until they reached the Portella de Baiau, the highest point of the PSR, with 2,756m of ascent, the entry to the Catalan territory. After going through Baiau, a long ascent across the Vall Ferrera led the runners to Àreu. Several lakes of different colours, surrounded by mountains of 2,900m, this was the most picturesque spot of the stage. After a long ascent to Tudela, the runners entered the vall de Cardós and got to Tavascan, a bucolic village.
Hard struggle between Huevos León Asturias and Hankersports BiFree, who want to offer us an exciting final. Yesterday, the Catalan team won, but today the Asturians got the first position, who are the provisional leaders, taking into account that there are two stages left for the final and there are just four minutes between the two teams.
Tomorrow the stage (34.2km and 2,530m D+) goes from Tavascan to Espot. It will go across the Cardós and Àneu valleys, a hard track, as the ascent to Serra Plana is the most demanding, with nearly 1,000m of ascent in just 4km. We will go across picturesque mountain villages: Lleret, Estaon and Dorve. The stage will end in Espot, the entry to the Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici National Park.
5th stage podium
- Huevos León Asturias (6:00:00)
- Hankersports/BiFree (6:13:34)
- Couple for Runners (6:20:22)
General Podium (after the 5th stage)
- Huevos León Asturias (25:14:16)
- Hankersports/BiFree (25:18:01)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (26:24:31)
Pictures ®Jordi Santacana
Today, 20km and 1,900m of ascent, the runners have gone from Encamp to Arinsal through the Colls d’Ordino and Les Cases. A short but hard way, with pine forests of middle mountain. The runners have gone through the villages of Cortinada and Arans.
The stage called “adventure” had no specific marking, that’s why the runners were obliged to use the GPS technology. However, the teams could follow the white and red marks of the GR-11, always present in the PSR.
Hankersports/BiFree team won again, increasing the distance in relation to their competitors. In the middle of the competition, the difference between the three leading teams is very small, the next stages will challenge the physical condition and the strategy of the runners that want to get the final prize.
Tomorrow, the stage (41,5km A+2.720m) goes from Arinsal to Tavascan. It will challenge the participants’ resistance, through a spectacular way. It will start in the Parc Natural Comú Valls del Comapedrosa and enter again Catalonia through the Portella de Baiau -2.756m-, the PSR highest peak. The way crosses Àreu through the VallFerrera and after the Coll de Tudela comes to the picturesque village of Tavascan.
4th stage podium
- Hankersports/BiFree (2:58:57)
- Huevos León Asturias (3:08:44)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (3:11:17)
General podium (after the 4th stage)
- Hankersports/BiFree (19:04:37)
- Huevos León Asturias (19:14:16)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (19:46:09)
Pictures ®Jordi Santacana
After three stages, the final classification is clearer, it seems that the final victory will be disputed between three teams. While yesterday there were two teams struggling for the first place of the stage, Huevos León Asturias and the Austrian team ATSV Nurmi Ternitz, this time the Catalan team Hankersports/BiFree has led the way winning the stage with a tight final against the Asturian team.
In this 3rd stage, 47,5km and 2,700m of ascent, the landscape is breath-taking. We have left behind the Cerdanya, with wonderful spots like the Guils-Fontanera fields and the Estanys d’Engorgs, and we have entered Andorra through the Coll de l’Illa (2,543m), descending the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley, declared Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO, until the Encamp’s church.
Tomorrow the stage goes from Encamp to Arinsal, 20km and 1,900m of ascent. This stage is short, but intense, the runners will reach the Colls d’Ordino (1,983m) and the Coll de les Cases (1,958m), the hardest parts.
Podium 3rd Stage
- Hankersports/BiFree (6:37:21)
- Huevos León Asturias (6:41:33)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (7:08:09)
Overall Standings (after Stage 3)
- Huevos León Asturias (16:05:55)
- Hankersports/BiFree (16:06:03)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (16:35:15)
Gallery (c) Jordi Santacana
The second stage (37,4km A+1,700m) between Queralbs and Puigcerdà, has been quite struggled. The Huevos León Asturias team from Ávila, the ATSV Nurmmi Ternitz team from Austria and the Catalan team Hankersports/BiFree had a strong pace from the beginning and led the race during the first part, until they reached the Collet de les Barraques (1,894m). From there, the leadership changed. The Austrian and the Asturian team arrived almost together in Dòrria, but their pace changed just before reaching Creu de Maians (1,992m), the highest peak of the stage. They went down alone through the Cerdanya’s flatland until the finish line in Puigcerdà. A middle-mountain stage with black pine forests that goes through charming places like Font de l’Home Mort or Dòrria, a picturesque village.
Tomorrow starts the longest stage of the race, 47,5km and 2,600m of ascent, between Puigcerdà and Encamp (Andorra). The PSR will enter the Pyrenees country through the Coll de l’Illa and will cross it from east to west during the next three days. Malniu, Portella d’Engorgs and the long downhill to Encamp will challenge the physical condition of the participants.
Podium 2nd Stage
- Huevos León Asturias (4:23:15)
- ATSV Nurmi Ternitz (4:24:57)
- Hankersports/BiFree (4:33:28)
Gallery (c) Jordi Santacana